Schooners Monterey

4.5
1932 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Schooners, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring sustainable seafood and approachable, contemporary American cuisine. The ideal location for celebrating the Central Coast and the spectacular coastal region, Executive Chef Jerry Regester's commitment to fresh, sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menu which features a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads and main courses. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1932 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.4
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4.6
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4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Trombone
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the location, the food. The service is excellent.

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JohnC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Monterey, you want great food-check, great service-check, and great views-double check.

Make reservations, but they will take walk-ins, too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with great service.

MT
MichelleT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, friendly staff and eggs Benedict cooked to perfection.

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Guerra
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service outstanding. Food was delicious,flavorful.

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Gerald
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was great. Location was great. Will go again.

KC
KimberlyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Small party in front of us in line was seated immediately despite not having areservation, but our small party had to wait for our table to be ready and we had a reservation. There were shells in my crab Benedict and my second latte was never delivered. The view is beautiful, but overall the rest of the experience was not so great.

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AlexanderM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, amazing views. Thanks for having us. It was beautiful.

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Glenn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a view of the kelp beds and otter.
The waiter was skillful and friendly.
Every item of food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at this place. Would highly recommend making a reservation in advance since the wait can be about an hour. We stayed at the hotel and it was very convenient to have dinner and then head up to our room. If you are unable to eat at the restaurant I do recommend the in room dining (similar experience). We placed our order for breakfast and everything was wonderful.

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PaulinaO
Mexico City
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food! Great view, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, came early for our reservation and still got seated very fast. Staff was really friendly and knowledgeable about wine and cocktails. The oysters were fresh and delicious, only con is I wish the dinner entrees had a bit more variety. Would go again!

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MattM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED our first visit to Schooners, and cannot wait to come back! The RedBreast cocktail is amazing, the drunken octopus was perfect, the local oysters and the swordfish BLT were delicious, and the restaurant itself was lovely and staffed with a caring, experienced crew of good, friendly people. They surprised my mom for her birthday with a housemade dessert, and our table was right at the edge of the patio, hanging over the kelp forest and providing plenty of views of otters and other gorgeous wildlife. We will definitely come back - it's our new favorite place!

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vipAnnaBanana
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service! Looking forward to dining there again.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Though due to covid directed outdoor seating, accommodations were very comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot right on the water! Staff extremely friendly and attentive. Food was great

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vipSACVISTOR
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful lunch with a view of the bay! Seafood salad is excellent!

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Toothtech
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service , nice view. The inside seating is still closed so you will need reservations for dinner and a light jacket or sweater it gets a little chilly outside at night

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DaisyD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I thought the cioppino was bland and it had way more squid then mussels, clams, or fish. My friends swordfish sandwich was mushy! They took it off the bill. The eggs Benedict were good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish and chips and the seafood trio highly recommend

JB
JamesB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Breakfast brunch on the deck overlooking the Bay was memorable. Use valet parking of the hotel and validate the ticket.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely breakfast with my young son - he was excited to watch otters while we ate!

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GriseldaD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service! The experience was great. Marcos was super friendly, we will definitely come back.

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David
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was amazing and the views were perfection! The service could have been better I felt like the server spent more time with two older gentleman and went above with them. I felt because it was my husband and 1 year old daughter we were brushed to the side. She was nice but didn’t feel as if the same energy was brought to our table.

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Lindat
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Impossible to overstate the beauty of the view from Schooners patio, and the table side heaters make 50 degrees feel balmy! Service is friendly and accommodating, and we found our two dining experiences there very enjoyable. Food itself is good- I wouldn’t say amazing, or unique, portions are good sized and cocktails are ok, once again not amazing but certainly good enough to enjoy. I’d go back again, mostly for the view and ambience.

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MarioF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Food and service is very good, however the value has a lot to be desired, just way over priced for what you get

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JillE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the staff was terrific. There was relatively no wait time. Great atmosphere.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was great. The crab and anchovies were fresh but the salad lacked big time, it needed cucumbers, peppers, seasoning, olives and some type of dressing that goes with fish. The lettuce appeared not fresh.

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Dido
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I like Schooners and have been there several times but this time was not great. They couldn't find my reservation. After they seated us, we had to wait a long time for someone to take our orders and for the food to arrive. I think more staff. The staff was scrambling about - too many customers not enough staff. At this time I can't recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

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sckvt
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

For a luxury hotel, dining options are extremely limited. It appears that they have a dining room inside that they are not using. Rather they have a tent that they heat with less than optimal heating units to accommodate the diners. We luckily were put in the bar region where there are four tables. It was quite noisy, but it wasn’t cold. Our waitress was wonderful. The food was excellent. It was quite frustrating that in order to get a menu for the food and wine options, one had to scan to their phone. Since we did not have our phones with us, they were gracious enough to bring us an iPad to use. Since we are emerging from the Covid pandemic, it is time that this type of hotel get their dining options back up to par including printed menus.

JM
JamesM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ciopepino and fish and chips were very good. Service was a little too impersonal. Outside seating was comfortable because of the heaters.

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DaynaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, flavorful food, and good service. Nice place to go for a special occasion, or just to enjoy an afternoon out.

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RuthM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Attractive setting, prompt service, cold spirits, tasty salad, perfectly cooked steak all at a price that wouldn't break the bank.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ll give a star to this restaurant and I think it’s too much. The service terrible, we ordered appetizers and came together with the main course, the waitress only apologize and said it was the kitchen’s fault. He never came back to our table. Overpriced. Waitress was not wearing a mask. Great view. We don’t recommend this place.

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MaryannG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was great and the nachos and lemon drops we ordered were delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and great food!

JG
JohnG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, excellent service, great seafood chowder(and my wife is an expert) and prawn starter. Drinks were gracious and strawberry daiquri recommended.

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John
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Despite having reservations, we had to wait for a table. Initially we were told it would be five minutes. It ended up being 25 minutes and we were only seated after I reminded the hostess we were still waiting. Once we were seated (outdoors), we requested a heater, which was brought to us and set up, but never turned on. After realizing there was no heat being emitted, we called a bus boy over who turned it on for us after switching out the propane tank, which took some time. After ordering our food, we didn't see our waiter again until paying our bill, and were assisted instead by other waiters passing our table or the bus boy. The dinner was in celebration of my wife's 40th birthday, which the hostess had acknowledged when we checked in, as I had left a note on our reservation asking if the restaraunt could do anything to make the occasion special for her. However, nothing was ever done after the brief mention by our hostess. Our waiter never acknowledged it was her birthday and nothing ever came of my request for the staff to make it a special occasion for her.

JD
JoseD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife just finished her doctoral program and we went to Monterey bay to have a little getaway to celebrate her accomplishment

FAQs

Schooners Monterey does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Schooners Monterey is rated 4.5 stars by 1932 OpenTable diners.

Schooners Monterey does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://schoonersmonterey.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.